Whitney Avalon sings again!

Actress Whitney Avalon has done whatever it takes to break through in the entertainment industry.  She’s appeared in several TV shows and commercials (she’s the mother in the blended family Cheerios commercials), she’s produced a series of wildly popular “Princess Rap Battle” videos (the one between Snow White and Elsa from Frozen has maybe 70…

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It’s a new Dragon single? really? REALLY??

It is said that you do not amass a record collection, you actually accept recommendations for one.  Whatever you listen to on the radio, whatever you hear in onccert, whatever your friends suggest you give an ear to … that becomes your record collection. In 1983, I got hooked on a rock band from New…

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The Return of Ruth Wallis … in a new podcast

It was approximately twenty years ago when I, as a freelance writer for the music magazine Goldmine, interviewed 1950’s chanteuse Ruth Wallis.  Wallis had several major recordings, and was a mainstay at supper clubs, Vegas ballrooms and Australian concert halls for decades.  Her catalog was a mixture of double-entendre songs and bawdy big band tracks.…

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The Manhattan Transfer returns!!

One of my favorite music groups – regardless of genre – is the vocal harmony quartet Manhattan Transfer.  I’ve dug their sound all the way back to high school, when our music teacher brought in a copy of their LP Extensions and played it for us.  I was hooked. All these years (and several enjoyable…

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The Alan Parsons Project: If you believe in the power of magic…

The following interview with Alan Parsons originally appeared in a 2005 edition of Goldmine magazine.  I interviewed Mr. Parsons, along with Eric Woolfson, for this cover story.  “Will you be paying for this with cash or credit, sir?” asked the record store clerk. “Credit card,” said the tall, bearded Englishman, putting down the several Alan…

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Did the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame get it right? (2017 induction edition)

The inductions for the Class of 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were just announced.  Of the nearly two dozen bands, singers and musicians nominated, six were selected for enshrinement. Personally, I’m still griping about the omission of the Moody Blues, Boston, Styx, Grand Funk Railroad, New Order and the Skatalites.  Not even on…

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“Bohemian Rhapsody” – the violent crime drama

The first 45 record I ever bought with my own money – or at least the first 45 that didn’t have the words “Disney” or “Cricket” on it – was the 45 of “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen.  I’ve blogged about this before, about how I went to the Blue Note Record Shop in downtown Albany…

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Some post-9/11 memories…

I have two stories to tell.  One of the stories took place on the anniversary of 9/11, one only tangentially involves 9/11.  So bear with me. The first story takes place on September 11, 2004.  It’s the three-year anniversary of that somber date.  At the time, I was freelancing for an antiques and auction publication…

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